School Districts Deny Petitions to Close School on Muslim Holidays

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Growing up in North Dakota and later in Maryland, any time a Muslim holiday rolled around (Eid ul Fitr or Eid ul Adha), I took off from school to celebrate it. As I got into higher grades, there were times I just took a few hours off to attend Eid prayers and then headed back to school so I wouldn't miss an important test or assignment. Being in Advanced Placement and honors classes in high school, even missing one day made it tough to catch up. Back then, there also weren't as many activities … [Read more...]

Autism, Inclusion, and the Winter Concert

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I knew it was going to be a long shot, but I had my hopes up. Last week my eldest son’s teacher told me that after three years of my asking to have him participate in some grade-level performance, they were going to try and have Lil D take part in the fifth grade Winter Concert.Let’s backtrack.My son has been attending an autism classroom in public school for five years now. We’ve had our ups and downs, but for the most part, we have a good team -- dedicated teachers and aides and a princ … [Read more...]

A Muslim Changes His Mind About Halloween

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This is a guest post from Hesham Hassaballa, who will soon be joining the Patheos family as a columnist.My entire life has been an evolution of belief, opinion and thought. A big part of that has been my religious interpretation. My committment to my Islamic faith has never waivered. Indeed, I did have a crisis of faith during my university years, but my devotion to the Lord has never weakened. But, I have changed considerably over the past decade.   In 2002, I penned a piece for Beliefnet … [Read more...]


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